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Setting a Simple Table

Simple charm is the theme of the week over here.
Not really a theme I guess it's just more where my designs and thoughts are going lately.

One of the things I love about Spring and Summer 
is taking it outdoors for get togethers. 

For me- the first thing I think of when hosting a gathering is not planning the food.
It's creating the ambiance.

I think of the dishes, the flatware, the flowers
and the music that I will choose for my playlist for the party.
THEN I think of the food.

Flowers are of course top of the list.
For outdoor tables and a brunch like this inspiration table is for
I love gathered mason jars, old bottles and newly found clear bottles
 marching down the table to be used as small vases 
A variety of spring blooms- in blues, whites and pale pink
( Cut blue flowers are on sale this week at our Safeway~ $2 a bunch )

For the flatware~ 
I love this Napoleon Bee pattern- so perfect for Spring.

For the dishes~
Detailed but simple white dishes

and Spring patterned salad plates.
All courtesy of a recent styling job~ these are so beautiful.

Little cute centerpieces could not be easier to put together~ more on them coming your way

Happy Tuesday

sharing at
It's a Spring Thing


  1. What beautiful flowers and dishes. I especially love the pear dishes as they look so Spring. Simply stunning table! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a great week.

  2. Un très bel hommage à Demoiselle Printemps qui arrive aujourd'hui sur la pointe des pieds...
    Vos photos sont tout simplement exquises.
    Gros bisous

  3. It all looks wonderful.

    I am fortunate when we are planning a party or dinner with friends. My husband does all the food and does the play list. i just have to take care of the ambience. Together we get it done and neither of us is exhausted.

    Hope your weather continues so you can enjoy outdoor dining.

  4. I've never seen flatware like that before. Lovely.

  5. Your colors are so so pretty, love the lavender and your table is so sweet, love all the white, I also have that flatware, I love it too...I never tire of looks beautiful on your perfect table...

  6. I am a fan of the burlap covered vases....brilliant! Happy Spring!

  7. Awww so romantic and peaceful....
    Your place settings are gorgeous ;)


  8. What a lovely setting Courtney!Beautiful spring flowers!


  9. Looks lovely Courtney! Love those salad plates too!

  10. Courtney, you have done a lovely post. The blue flowers are vibrant, like a burst of spring, and yet soothing to look upon. Thanks for brightening my day!

  11. Oooooooooooh that is so pretty! I love the lavender color! I could sit there forever! Everything is stunning! :)


  12. OMG!!!I have no words-it's very beautiful-all!!!

  13. This is stunning Courtney! You have such a gorgeous style!

  14. I absolutely love that bee pattern! I have the espresso cups and coffee mugs in that pattern by La Rochere. Its such an elegant pattern.

  15. Okay Courtney I just fell in love with that gorgeous Napoleon Bee flatware! Where did you get that?
    Would love to know and have some...
    And those flowers they truly pop!

    Thank you for sharing

    1. Hi Sandy!!
      The bee flatware is made by Wallace and you can find it at ~ they have a 20% off coupon right now too. :)

  16. I love it. The flatware is on my list. I am a collector (over 30 years) of Mikasa French Countryside. I will have to look for the Antique Countryside salad plates, since I mix and match different Mikasa patterns for my tables.

    1. I adore the American Countryside pattern and the detailed Antique Countryside scenic salad dishes are so beautiful!!

  17. Gorgeous. I, too, think ambiance first and then food.. I want everyone to know that I really was looking forward to them being at our home. I'm hoping Easter lunch can be outside this year! Love the bee flatware and the Mikasa dishes.. xo marlis

  18. Beautiful! I love the lavender flowers, I pinned this to my Easter Board. I also love the burlap cover on your vase!

  19. I love those beautiful Mikasa plates...such a gorgeous the color of the flowers against the burlap...simplistic elegance!!

  20. What a beautiful the colors and well anything with burlap is just up my alley!

  21. And what exquisite ambiance you've created! Courtney, this is springtime at its best. Like you, I love to dine alfresco in the spring, summer, and fall. Napoleon Bee flatware is on my "want" list. Someday! Love the shot with the flatware and little bouquet of flowers. Perfection!

  22. Your table-settings are always gorgeous! The salad plates, flatware and flowers are beautiful, well, everything is beautiful!

  23. Everything is beautiful Courtney. I have the same Lion fountain..